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844 days ago

I have begun the search for some hand planes and ran across this ad on Craigslist. I was hoping some of you more experienced hand tool users could give me some insight as to if it is a good deal or not.

Thanks for any help


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#1 posted 844 days ago

If you are close, it’s a pretty good deal. The planes need
some work, but they will serve you well and have good
resale value.


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#2 posted 844 days ago

I’m far from an expert but I would say in my area that might be about right or a little below market cost. It seems many folks prefer Stanley verses Record planes.

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#3 posted 844 days ago

Hell yeah!

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#4 posted 844 days ago

Old Record planes are great.The house brand planes are great bargains. Overall, I would say you would be making a good deal at twice that if you are going to not have to pay shipping.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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#5 posted 844 days ago

I appreciate all of the input. I have sent off the email now I just have to wait and see if they have been sold or not. I am very curious to see if I have the patience to use them or not. I have always admired those who can slow down and enjoy the build.

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#6 posted 844 days ago

I would grab them!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 844 days ago

In my experience, the only person who puts a disclaimer in a craigslist ad that says “I am not expert, these may not be what’s in those articles” is a guy who knows darn well they are not the same planes. Get some photos, and do some research before you drive very far…

Good used hand planes are easy to find. If these are a good deal once you see them, great. But don’t be too quick to buy a set of door stops. There are lots more out there!

With that said, I just emailed the guy and offered him $101. (Just kidding)

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#8 posted 844 days ago

Record castings tend to be a bit heavier than the USA made
Baileys. The English made Baileys have castings of similar

I’ve owned several Record planes and they were a bit better
in terms of quality and finishing than the Baileys in my opinion.
I’ve never owned the Record bench planes though. The
Record stuff is pretty much copied from Stanley and Preston
designs, and done well.


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#9 posted 844 days ago

I’d buy them for $100 in a heartbeat.

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#10 posted 844 days ago

Looks like a great deal for a $100. Just the Record 4-1/2 & 5-1/2 planes are worth the asking price….the others are free.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#11 posted 844 days ago

Stumpy is just a BAD BOY.
Hope the planes work out for ya. They are a bargain.
Now you’re gonna spend the rest of your fortune buyin’ more planes (like Stumpy).


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#12 posted 844 days ago

I am still waiting patiently for a reply to my email. I appreciate all of the feedback.

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#13 posted 843 days ago

Well it appears that I am not going to hear back from whoever it is that has the planes listed. I am not sure as to what is going on with people selling things on craigslist. The last 4 or 5 times I have tried to contact folks through email I have received 0 responses. I am starting to think that maybe I am doing something wrong. I always try to make it a point when I list things for sale or free through Craigslist (which I happen to think is a wonderful tool) to let people know what the status of the object in question is. Oh well I guess the search goes on.

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#14 posted 842 days ago

Put your phone number in the email. Some people do not
check their email often and prefer the phone.

Some mail servers have difficulty delivering mail to Craigslist
temporary addresses. Usually you would get a failure notice –
check you spam and trash folders to make sure your emails
have been going through.

You can also run a CL ad of your own and email yourself
through the CL email address to check.


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#15 posted 842 days ago

this is a steal! I would get them quick

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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